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post #41 of 50 Old 03-13-2014, 01:43 PM
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Dream Catcher... if I was closer I would take a donk or two !! To bad shipping is soo expensive !
My neighbors have longhorn cattle, and there are times that these cows are very thin, and some of them are in their 20's still breeding, still calving. At the moment they are across the road from me, and we throw hay to the cows so they are not thin now. They are usually in the mtns and graze on the natural forage.
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post #42 of 50 Old 03-13-2014, 02:31 PM
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bobcats seem to know their size limit and coyotes are opportunists. Bobcats around here will run from a large dog if they can, I believe they understand the risk of injury isn't worth it. We had several generations of kelpies, coyotes are smart but kelpies are smarter.:) Most dogs can't outsmart them. Coyotes would concern me w/o a "pasture guard" of some sort. I see visions of Fly with large thermoses of coffee, a little tent and a rifle. Kidding.

If you feel putting her up is best, you have to believe your "gut feeling". Cattle you can walk up to and pet don't undergo as much stress as range cattle when loaded and then put in a fenced area. It is hard to say to what degree a move will stress her - but it sounds as if most of the stress will be limited to the move itself - not a significant change in environment?

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #43 of 50 Old 03-14-2014, 12:30 PM
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Cows will go after a Coyote. We heard a chicken ruckus and rushed out to see a giant black blur who hauled a$$ on over and proceeded to kick the crap out of the Coyote that was trying to nab himself a chicken dinner.

I certainly wasn't expecting it since nobody had calved yet. Unless she was still protecting her calf from last year?
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I have never seen coyotes go after full grown healthy horses or cattle. But an established pack will go after a lone cow giving birth. But, don't worry Fly, they won't mess with a cobra hovering overhead!!!
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There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #45 of 50 Old 03-15-2014, 02:36 AM
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Dream Catcher... if I was closer I would take a donk or two !! To bad shipping is soo expensive !
My neighbors have longhorn cattle, and there are times that these cows are very thin, and some of them are in their 20's still breeding, still calving. At the moment they are across the road from me, and we throw hay to the cows so they are not thin now. They are usually in the mtns and graze on the natural forage.
Stevenson if UPS or Fedex would ship a donkey I would have one on the way to your address.

I have never seen a coyote or pack of coyotes go after a cow or calf . It would take a whole pack the calf would have to be very young and the moma cow better not be too near.
Feral dogs though have been a problem. We shoot any dog on sight that does not belong on the farm. Or that we know belongs to a neighbor. The donkeys have taught the coyotes and most of the dogs to steer clear of any pasture they are in. Shalom
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Okay so you posted that you were looking at one *and* that you bought one and yet....no pictures?!

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post #47 of 50 Old 03-16-2014, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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:(. It's snowing, went from 70 yesterday to 20!!
Torrential downpours this morning and my yard was a lake.

So she's coming Tuesday!!! Yay! I'll post lots and lots of photos!

DB I'd take a donkey and you can send on up one of the ponies while yer at it! :P
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Which pony and donkey do you want and what colour? Shalom
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post #49 of 50 Old 03-17-2014, 05:24 AM
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I don't see a problem with a 15yo cow, I live on a dairy farm (granted of course we don't milk mini cattle, but jerseys) and most of our cows are still taking to mating and being milked for 8 months of the year until they are around 20... Our oldest cow in the herd was 22 before she finally wouldn't conceive through AI, so she was left out for a season to be a happy fat bovine paddock ornament before she was put to sleep due to arthritis.

They are gorgeous btw!!

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post #50 of 50 Old 03-17-2014, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Surprise me DB! :). Ha ha!

Thank you Holly, that gives me greater hope that were not complete dopes!
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